An Oklahoma jury recommended a mother and father each be sentenced to 130 years after they were convicted of the “worst case of child abuse” a local police officer said he had ever seen, according to People.
The couple’s 9-month-old twin girls reportedly weighed approximately eight pounds each when they were examined at a hospital following a trip to an urgent care clinic.
Nurses at the urgent care said the toddlers looked like skeletons and one had an infected hand from hair being wrapped around a finger and not removed, according to The Washington Post.
As CrimeOnline reported, police arrested the parents, Aislyn Miller, 24 and Kevin Fowler, 25, shortly after the visit to the urgent care.
A maggot reportedly emerged from a wound of one of the emaciated twins, according to the Associated Press.
An investigator with the Oklahoma Department of Human Services testified the family’s home had cat feces smeared on the walls along with maggots in the twins’ playpen, Tulsa World reports.
Back in March, Tulsa World reported that a judge ruled Fowler’s mother, Rita Fowler, 65, be tried on a felony charge of permitting child neglect along with a misdemeanor of failing to report child neglect.
Miller’s parents, Johnny Miller, 47, Cathey Miller, 54, faced related charges of permitting child abuse by injury, child neglect and failing to report child neglect, according to Tulsa World.
Meanwhile, the twin’s parents have been convicted on five counts of child neglect. Jurors recommended each parent each serve 30 years in prison on the first four counts and 10 years on the fifth count.
The parents will be formally sentenced November 13.
[Feature Photo: Owasso Police Department]